The nature of inquiry: linking quantitative and qualitative research.

L. C. Dzurec, I. L. Abraham

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Views of research that dichotomize qualitative and quantitative methods and the paradigms in which they are couched reflect a limited interpretation of the process of inquiry. In this article, the authors propose that inquiry, regardless of the inquirer's chosen paradigm or method, is governed by six pursuits that integrate qualitative and quantitative research methods. Recognition of the synthetic nature of inquiry is essential to fuller explanation and understanding of questions and problems relevant to nursing.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)73-79
Number of pages7
JournalANS. Advances in nursing science
Issue number1
StatePublished - Sep 1993
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Nursing(all)


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